Is it possible to only produce and never consume?
I’m debating on doing a little experiment: For an entire month I’ll only produce and never consume.
David Tate wrote a great article a few months back called The Dangerous Effects of Reading, where he talks about how, for most people, our lives are optimized for input (consumption).
We dedicate so much of our time to consuming. Standing in line at the grocery store? You’re probably checking your email. Lying in bed before you go to sleep? You’re probably reading the news on your iPad. In the bathroom? You’re probably playing Angry Birds or checking Facebook.
It’s all consumption. Every free moment or every moment you’re trying to procrastinate is spent consuming. It’s bad for you.
On the other side of the coin is producing. Being creating. Making things.
Creating changes you and the way you think:
When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create. – _why
When you’re creating things on your own will, you’re almost certainly doing something that you love. Whether it’s woodworking, writing, painting, making a short film, playing an instrument, etc…it’s something you love and that can only make you happy.
It’s the same reason Seth Godin doesn’t watch a lick of TV. There are just so many other, better things you could be doing with your time.
So, my question here is, can I go a whole month only producing and never consuming? What would that look like? Is it even possible? No Twitter or Facebook. No RSS feeds. No CNN or USA Today. No books. Any free time I have is either spent with real live human beings (ie. friends and family), or it’s spent producing.
I can’t say I’m ready to go cold turkey yet. What about you? Think you could do it?